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How to create a proper bootable SD Card to orange 4G-IOT ?

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Published in 2019-12-3 22:17:30 | Show all floors |Read mode
Edited by miguelRozsas at 2019-12-3 22:27

Hi there !
I just bought a orange 4G IOT board (labeled as "4G-IOT 2018.1.15") and I am not getting any video output of it.
To be honest, I am not sure it is booting at all, since in previous models, just after the power on I can see a rainbow image on display, but on this model, I got just a black screen, and "no video signal" message (generated by monitor itself).
I don't know if this is relevant or not since I don't know if this model is supposed to display that rainbow image at startup, anyway....

What I've done so far:
1) boot without any SDCard (in the hope there is something installed on eMMC, just like orange 3pi 8eMMC version)
2) boot with a SD card with the image found at  https://drive.google.com/drive/f ... qSfr3MPT58-Z1tQBex8 (Google Drive/Shared with me/Orange Pi 4G-IOT/Linux/SD Card)
This image is mostly corrupted I guess, there is nothing on boot partition, it is empty....check it out:


  1. root@fenix:/home/miguel# fdisk -l /home/miguel/Downloads/3G_linux_v01.img
  2. Disk /home/miguel/Downloads/3G_linux_v01.img: 371.3 MiB, 389332992 bytes, 760416 sectors
  3. Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
  4. Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
  5. I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
  6. Disklabel type: dos
  7. Disk identifier: 0x98e1904e

  8. Device                                   Boot  Start    End Sectors   Size Id Type
  9. /home/miguel/Downloads/3G_linux_v01.img1       40960 143359  102400    50M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
  10. /home/miguel/Downloads/3G_linux_v01.img2      143360 760415  617056 301.3M 83 Linux
  11. root@fenix:/home/miguel# mount -o ro,loop,offset=$((40960*512)),sizelimit=$((102400*512)) ~miguel/Downloads/3G_linux_v01.img mnt/p1
  12. root@fenix:/home/miguel# ls -la mnt/p1
  13. total 20
  14. drwxr-xr-x 2 root   root   16384 Dec 31  1969 .
  15. drwxrwxr-x 4 miguel miguel  4096 Dec  2 09:41 ..
  16. root@fenix:/home/miguel#
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However, the other partition is fine, it has the usual files, as expected.

3 ) Then I've tried with another sd image, this time 3G_linux_v01.img from the OPI 3G-IOT-A and it has the same empty boot partition. At this point I started wondering that it is not a bad image at all, but something different.
The problem is I' ve read and followed the guide but there is nothing different from the usual, I mean using Etcher balena to write the image to SD Card.
Anyway, I use the dd to write the image to the sd card, and I got the same result, I mean, the same empty boot partition on sd card ("dd bs=4M if=/home/miguel/Downloads/4G_linux_v01.img of=/dev/sdh conv=fsync")

There is a second file on the Google shared folder with files that looks like a boot content: "4G_ubuntu_sd.tar"
So I mounted the sd card boot partition and wrote that files on it:
  1. root@fenix:/home/miguel# cd /media/miguel/BOOT/
  2. root@fenix:/media/miguel/BOOT# tar -xvf ~miguel/Downloads/4G_ubuntu_sd.tar
  3. ubuntu/
  4. ubuntu/MT6737M_Android_scatter.txt
  5. ubuntu/recovery.img
  6. ubuntu/preloader_bd6737m_35g_b_m0.bin
  7. ubuntu/secro.img
  8. ubuntu/logo.bin
  9. ubuntu/trustzone.bin
  10. ubuntu/lk.bin
  11. ubuntu/boot.img
  12. root@fenix:/media/miguel/BOOT#
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But, again, no video signal on monitor.

I've tried to move thoses files to the root of boot filesystem (I mean not inside the ubuntu folder), but, again, no video signal nor indication a sucessfully boot occured.
BTW, after power on, the red led turns on and after a while, the green led turns on. WHat is the meaning of green led ? May I assume the green led means a sucessful boot ? If so, why I don't have a video output ?

So, How to create a proper bootable SD Card to orange 4G-IOT with HDMI video output ?

best regards


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Published in 2020-8-12 05:46:42 | Show all floors
Hi,
I know this is an old post but I have the exact same problem. Did you resolve this issue ? and could you tell me what was done. Thanks

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Published in 2020-8-26 05:22:50 | Show all floors
from what i gathered, video output is not supported.
have to use the onboard UART ( RX TX GND) for serial connection.
and by default these pin aren't brought out.

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Published in 2023-4-18 10:13:41 | Show all floors
The device should boot from the drift hunters SD Card and start the installation process for the operating system.
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